In honor of the 75th anniversary of Major League Baseball’s first night game, the Reds are doing ‘Reds Unplugged‘ night when they host the Pirates on May 24. Neat idea to commemorate the first night game, which of course was hosted at Crosley Field on May 24, 1935.
But something is missing! This night is just beggin’ for some turn-back-the-clock uniforms. Yep, we still have throw-back fever from the Civil Rights Game. So do you, and you know it!
Reds Uniforms from 1935
1935 Reds Uniforms
Look at those stirrups! LOOK AT THEM.
From the Reds:
Don’t miss a special celebration on Monday, May 24 as the Cincinnati Reds honor the 75th anniversary of Major League Baseball’s first night game, which was hosted at Crosley Field on May 24, 1935.
The Reds will take fans back to see what baseball was like at Crosley Field in 1935, with an old-time look on the scoreboard and fewer lights and signage around the park. In addition to activities before the game to honor this historic date, the seventh-inning stretch will feature a special ceremonial lighting of the ballpark to signify the explosion of light fans experienced when this new era of baseball was ushered in 75 years ago.
Plus, fans will have the opportunity for an up-close viewing of an original Crosley Field light in the Reds Hall of Fame.
Be there for this special “unplugged” edition of Reds baseball and celebrate the birth of night baseball!
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Check out this great footage shot by Reds fan Paul Hurst during one of the last games at Crosely Field in 1970. Filmed with a Kodak 8mm camera, this footage has a great nostalgic quality, almost dream-like. I always enjoy seeing the fan’s perspective at long-gone ballparks of the past. This particular video is reminiscent of the 2008 Fox Sports series, Baseball’s Golden Age. In fact, so much that I can hear Alec Baldwin narrating the video in my head… but as 30 Rock Alec Baldwin, not narrator Alec Baldwin. It’s a bit funnier in my head that way. Regardless, enjoy it however you like, okay?
With all the hubbub about the recently found Babe Ruth footage, it’s fun to dig stuff like this out – even if it’s not quiet as old or as mysterious.